U.S., Russia Agree on Syria Ceasefire Starting February 27*

U.S., Russia Agree on Syria Ceasefire Starting February 27*

The deadline for the ceasefire has been outlined in a draft U.S.-Russia deal.

The U.S. State Department has confirmed the ceasefire deal. Military action, including airstrikes conducted by Syria, Russia and the U.S.-led coalition will continue against Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists.

According to the agreement, Moscow and Washington will establish a hotline for communication to exchange information on Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Council has not been informed yet of the cessation of hostilities plan, reportedly proposed by the United States and Russia, the council’s chairman told Sputnik Monday.

“We don’t have enough ideas on this question now, we are not informed about what happened exactly,” Haytham Manaa said.

The details of a ceasefire process between the government and opposition forces in Syria have not been agreed upon yet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday.

“The details of the [proposed] ceasefire, whose original version was finalized in Munich, are under negotiation, and they have yet to be agreed upon,” Zarif said, as quoted by the Tasnim News Agency.

According to the media, Zarif reiterated Iran’s stance on Syria, stressing that only a political dialogue and cessation of hostilities can solve the current crisis.

On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. State Secretary John Kerry discussed ceasefire parameters in Syria during phone talks,

Syria has been in a state of  war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting multiple Islamic opposition factions and terrorists, including Daesh and al-Nusra Front.

The meeting of the International Syria Support Group on February 12 resulted in a final communique calling for humanitarian access to all besieged areas in Syria, and set a one-week deadline for measures to be implemented toward cessation of hostilities.

The ISSG was formed in November 2015 shortly after the beginning of the Syria peace talks in Vienna as an international format aiming to resolve the internal crisis in Syria. The format currently involves Russia, the Arab League countries, the European Union and some of its member states, as well as China, Iran, Turkey, the United Nations and the United States.

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